We parents are such a funny bunch! We spend months selecting just the right name for our children – trendy, traditional or unique, depending on our preference – and hoping we don’t get too much criticism for our final choice.
Then our little ones come into the world, and what do we do? We call them everything but the name on the birth certificate. It’s a wonder our kids don’t grow up thinking their actual moniker is Sweetie or Bunny or Bruiser.
Sometimes nicknames develop even before the baby arrives (a friend of mine started calling her son Bean in utero). Sometimes they evolve from the child’s personality (Bubbles, Superman); other times they’re connected to activities or books (I call my daughter Tweetle Beetle after Fox in Socks).
And on occasion, nicknames are created by helpful siblings – as is the case with Tori Spelling‘s new son, Finn Davey.
Today she reported on her website, ToriSpelling.com, that she was trying to come up with a little term of endearment for the newest member of the family. Her other three children, Liam, Stella and Hattie, all have nicknames, so naturally Finn needed one too.
She writes, “Last night Liam was with me in bed while I was feeding Baby Finn. I said to him, ‘Liam, we need a nickname for Finn. We have Monkey, Buggy and Hattie Cat. What should Finn be?’ ”
The five-year-old didn’t take long to answer. ” ‘Tarantula!! And I’ll say, “Hey, what’s up, Tarantula?” ‘ ”
Ah, the workings of the kindergartener’s mind. Does his squirmy little brother really remind him of a hairy spider? Or has he always wanted to call someone by that particular name?
Whatever the reason, Tarantula was his pick. Tori says she isn’t sure this will be Finn’s official nickname, but she did post this sweet shot of Liam kissing his little Spider-Baby brother.
So if, a few decades down the road, you hear of a movie action hero, world traveler, doctor or President called Tarantula McDermott…you’ll know that Liam won out in the end.
What nicknames do you have for your kids? Tori would like to hear – post your thoughts on her website.
[Photos: via Twitter, ToriSpelling.com]
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